As I think we all had already guessed, the recently deceased Ms. Marvel will return to comics in August, thanks to the resurrection protocols used in Marvel’s X-Men comics — meaning yes, she’s a mutant.
The four-issue Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant miniseries will be co-written by actress Iman Vellani and Dark Web: Ms. Marvel writer Sabir Pirzada. Vellani plays Ms. Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’re joined by artists Carlos Gomez and Adam Gorham.
“This was way scarier than joining the MCU for me,” Vellani told Entertainment Weekly. “Those projects feel like they live in their own dimension, so I guess I can separate myself easier. But you can hold a comic book! I’ve never written anything before in my entire life, but I have read many comics, so I just wrote what I would want to read. I was given a very professional tool to write what is essentially my own fan fiction.”
The new miniseries will spin out of the upcoming Hellfire Gala one-shot, which kicks off the Fall of X:
After being brought back via Krakoan Resurrection Technology, Kamala is shocked to learn she is mutant. But before she has a chance to come to terms with this revelation, the catastrophic FALL OF X will throw her world into chaos…and a secret mission on behalf of the X-Men.
But wait — can an Inhuman be a mutant, too? It sounds like it:
“I want to make it very, very clear that we are not reconning her Inhuman origin. That’s a part of Kamala’s identity that Marvel editorial and myself would very much like to keep and protect,” Vellani said. “Our book will absolutely reflect all those core themes of identity that the Ms. Marvel comics have consistently explored — only now there’s a whole new label that Kamala has to learn to accept. It’s going to be pretty crazy.”
Ms. Marvel died in Amazing Spider-Man while pretending to be Mary Jane to lure the villain Rabin away from his prey. The superhero community and Ms. Marvel’s friends came together to honor her in the pages of Fallen Friend: The Death of Ms. Marvel, which is excellent, by the way. I wasn’t a fan of how she was killed (and that Amazing Spider-Man Rabin/Mary Jane story was pretty lousy anyway), but the one-shot by G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Saladin Ahmed, Humberto Ramos and others was wonderful. Sorry, I digress here; following the release of Fallen Friend this week, Marvel revealed a “secret post-credits scene” that didn’t make it into the book:
As you can see, “soon” is “now.”
As you can see on Artgerm’s variant cover, Ms. Marvel will get a new costume as well, which was designed by Jamie McKelvie — who designed her original costume and the one used by Carol Danvers when she became Captain Marvel. It’s like the Marvels have their own fashion consultant.
Look for the first issue of Ms. Marvel: The New Mutant #1 on Aug. 30.